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EDF2204 - Curriculum studies : primary science

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr B Jane (Peninsula) + Ms H Ma (Gippsland)

Offered

Gippsland Second semester 2009 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science with children. Important conceptual ideas and processes about translating science into classroom learning activities will be fundamental to the unit. Students will be introduced to the relevant science curriculum framework with historical and contemporary changes in the teaching of science being considered in the context of a range of teaching strategies used in primary school and early childhood settings.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students should have acquired a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science and technology with children; translated conceptual ideas and processes about science into classroom learning activities for children; developed understandings of the variety of assessment techniques available to evaluate student learning in science education; explored ways of stimulating and enriching children's natural curiosity by presenting a broad range of learning experiences; designed, developed and practised integrating science and technology, curricula using a variety of media and learning environments; evaluated and reflected on their past and present science education experiences; developed through the exploration and experience of a variety of learning and teaching strategies, a personal approach to teaching science.

Assessment

An essay that reflects your view of teaching and learning in primary science, including an understanding of constructivism and the different teaching approaches. (1600 words): 40%
A portfolio on science teaching that demonstrates the development of an understanding of children's thinking in science. (2400 words equivalent): 60%
Hurdle requirement 80% attendance.

Contact hours

3 hrs per week

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